Do you love Greenwich, CT? What places in this town inspire you the most? We want to hear about them!
How to Participate
Snap a photo of a place in Greenwich that matters to you — be in the photo if you want or pose your friends, family, and/or pets!
Email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your first and last name, the photo’s location, and identify the people in the photo. You are welcome to write a sentence or more about why the place is special to you.
Post on social media:Use hashtags #thisplacematters #thisplacemattersgreenwich; Instagram: @greenwichhistory @SavingPlaces; Twitter: @GrnHistCT @SavingPlaces; and Facebook: @GreenwichHistoricalSociety
About Greenwich Preservation Month
First Selectman Peter Tesei issued a proclamation recognizing May as Preservation Month. Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Landmarks Recognition Program on May 7, Greenwich Preservation Month and the This Place Matters! campaign encourage residents to focus on the importance of preservation for maintaining Greenwich’s rich cultural heritage by sharing the places and stories that make Greenwich such a cherished place worth preserving.
We invite all residents − children, students, adults and seniors − to participate in this modern documentary project by taking a photograph of a cherished place or structure in their community and sharing their story, however brief or long, about why it is important to preserve.
Follow the instructions in How to Participate and submit photos by June 16. No special photography skills are necessary. Prizes will be awarded to the top five entries judged by an independent panel of Greenwich residents with an interest in preservation.
Sponsored by and to benefit the Greenwich Historical Society
FIVE (5) PRIZES TO BE AWARDED
1ST PRIZE Bulgari ‘Parentesi’ collection wide band ring in polished 18kt white gold, size 6. Value $7,300
2ND PRIZE 4 roundtrip airline tickets to St. Barth, redeemable at Tradewinds Shuttle. Value $6,000
3RD PRIZE Getaway for 2 to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Includes 4 days/3 nights accommodations at the Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Value $1,500
4TH PRIZE $500 gift certificate for catering services redeemable at Marcia Selden catering. Date subject to availability and event must be locate 30 miles from Selden commissary in Stamford. $50 gift certificate redeemable at DIRT floral and OOMPH tini table. Value $1,000
5TH PRIZE 2 tickets to Town Party on 5.27.17 redeemable at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park & 2 tickets to Opening Night Party for the Greenwich International Film Festival redeemable at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich & a 10 pack of movie tickets for the Film Festival 06.1-4, 2017. Value $920
Greyledge, an English-style manor in Greenwich on Doubling Road, was designed by the same firm that created the New York Public Library, Carrère & Hastings. Built for pioneer aviator Col. Raynal Cawthorne Bolling, who moved in with his family in 1915, it was demolished in 2007.
A Harvard (1900) and Harvard Law (1902) graduate, Bolling rose to become General Solicitor at U.S. Steel. Foreseeing the role of aircraft in the predicted U.S. involvement in what was to become World War I, with a small group of friends he learned to fly then organized our country’s first National Guard flying unit and helped recruit and train some of America’s earliest fighter pilots, creating the precursor to the Air Force Reserve Command.
In the war he was responsible for, among other things, recommending and sourcing aircraft and overseeing training and supplies. In France on March 26, 1918, he was ambushed by Germans. While defending his unarmed driver, Bolling was killed, the first high-ranking air service officer to die in battle in World War I.
Bolling received the Distinguished Service Medal from the U.S. Army and the French Legion of Honour. Bolling Air Force Base (known today as Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling) in Washington, D.C., was named for him.
There’s a life-size statue of him on Greenwich Avenue, across from the World War I memorial.
The archives at the Greenwich Historical Society holds the Col. Raynal C. Bolling Papers, which contain primary source material documenting some of his Air Service work during the war, related printed material and a limited number of family papers.
The Greenwich Historical Society holds a Fall Festival every year with a scarecrow competition, activities for kids, and performances. This year the festival was held on October 9 and it had a Japanese theme that related to our new exhibition, “An Eye to the East: The Inspiration of Japan,” which examines the influence of Japanese art and culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
We had a samurai scarecrow and samurai face painting; plus kids (and some parents!) decorated fans and make fish tale kites. The Greenwich Japanese School delighted a packed crowd with a performance of song and dance, and the World Seido Karate Studio demonstrated martial arts. The Hapa Food Truck fed the crowd and all enjoyed spending a rainy Sunday on our campus. Until next year!
One of the Greenwich Historical Society’s most popular programs, Story Barn offers an evening of true personal stories served up in a cabaret-like setting without benefit of notes or screens. Emceed by Moth story coach, Nantucket Comedy Festival cofounder and comedienne Bonnie Levison, the progam offers fun, thought-provoking entertainment that puts a decidedly contemporary spin on oral history.
The Historical Society is looking for storytellers for its November 17th program, which will revolve around the theme “Lost in Translation.”
The theme, loosely tied with the Historical Society’s current exhibition An Eye to the East: The Inspiration of Japan, is based on the concept that even our simplest attempts at communica-tion can sometimes go awry. Interpretation can be broad, and stories can revolve around any personal experiences that have to do with misunderstanding or miscommunication.
In the past, topics have run the gamut from youthful misadventure, to a dastardly bridegroom, a grand dame’s after-hours Christmas shopping expedition and a preteen’s 1960s quest for tight chinos (think West Side Story) at some of Greenwich’s toniest emporiums. Protagonists need not be human: Stories have also featured a very ungrateful chipmunk, a supernatural parrot and a law-breaking woodchuck.
Anyone over age 21 is invited to participate but must sign up and pitch their story in advance. If you have a tale to share, contact Anna Greco at email@example.com or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31. A workshop is being offered for those who would like guidance or would like to polish their presentation before the event.
Story Barn: Lost in Translation. November 17, 2016. Doors open at 7:00 pm; performance begins at 7:30 pm. Beer, wine and light refreshments are included in the price of admission. Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center. 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807. Members: $15; nonmembers: $20. Reservations strongly encouraged. Tickets at www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10